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Girl Talk: Explaining a Birthmark

Q: My daughter has a big red birthmark on her forehead. I'm getting tired of explaining it. Do you have any quick responses to "Oh, my God! What's wrong with her head?"


A: The best way to make the unthinking idiots actually think about their idiocy is to stare at them in disbelief - for a very long time. The uncomfortable silence will evoke more lame backpedaling or apologies than the most carefully planned sarcastic comeback.


Kitty O'Callaghan is an award-winning writer and a mom of three living in White Plains, New York.